Following the tragic helicopter crash outside of the King Power Stadium on Saturday, a story has come to light of how a Police Officer, who was on scene within seconds of the crash, attempted to try and free passengers before the helicopter was lost to a ball of flames.
Speaking to the MailOnline, a Leicestershire Police spokesman said that the officer, who has also been treated in hospital for his injuries, tried to break the windows of the downed aircraft with his baton.
The officer, who has not been identified, had to be pulled back after the downed aircraft exploded at around 20:30 hours on Saturday night.
The Police spokesman said:
“He had been on routine match duty and ran towards the helicopter when it crashed.
“He went right up to the windows trying to break them, we understand with his baton which he was carrying as a matter of course.
“He wanted to help free the passengers but after the explosion the helicopter was engulfed in flames and he was forced back.
“He was very brave”.
The spokesman added that the officer is “traumatised and shocked” and that it was likely that he might need counselling after witnessing the immediate aftermath of the crash, including the fire that consumed the aircraft.
Another witness also told reporters from the BBC that two police officers were near the crash scene.
“One of them was looking for something and the other one, he ran straight away to the helicopter and he was trying to break the window.
“then there is an explosion and they pulled back because the fire was too hot.”
He also said that he saw a severely distressed woman about 20 metres from where the helicopter came down and believed that the aircraft must have just missed her.
Five people are believed to have died in the crash which is currently being investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.
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